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Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer, BNP Paribas Masters

Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer, BNP Paribas Masters

In other matches, France's Stephane Robert defeated Israeli Dudi Sela 6-4, 6-4 to book a meeting with ninth-seeded Roger Federer, a four-time Indian Wells victor who is riding high after capturing his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

Federer cemented his return from a 2016 disrupted by injury with a triumph over Nadal in the Australian Open final in January, the Swiss star's 18th Grand Slam title.

Djokovic, however, must next negotiate a risky third-round opponent in Argentine Juan Martin del Potro after the three-times defending champion advanced with an unconvincing 6-4 7-6 (5) victory over Briton Kyle Edmund. And I try to see it really as another opportunity to build upon something for the rest of the season. "That's why I think it's good that we play again right here in the States", Federer said. "I got lucky to pull through in straight sets".

The match between the pair who have met in 22 finals will be their earliest since 2003 in the Miami third round.

Standing in the way of a Roger Federer-Nadal quarter-final is Verdasco, who has had a solid start to his 2017 campaign.

On the women's side of the draw, No 2 seed Angelique Kerber lost to 14th-seeded Elena Vesnina 6-3 6-3 in the fourth round.

Edmund, ranked 46th in the world, needed just 65 minutes to get past the 95th-ranked Elias and line up a third career meeting with Djokovic, a five-time victor at Indian Wells who is seeded second this year behind world number one Andy Murray of Britain.


While Nadal and Tomic are out of the running in the doubles at Indian Wells, Australian Nick Kyrgios and Serbian Nenad Zimonjic are through to the quarter-finals.

"I still think about that a lot", Verdasco admits.

World number one Murray, meanwhile, praised his second-round conqueror, Vasek Pospisil, while at the same time lamenting an off night with his second serve.

While it was Federer's first match against Robert, he is far more familiar with Nadal.

Kyrgios and world number two Djokovic will contest a round of 16 fixture after the Australian number 15 seed took just 73 minutes to beat highly regarded German Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4 in what was billed as the "next-gen battle".

6-3, 7-6 (9-7). Donald Young upset French 14th seed Lucas Pouille 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

Then, there was previous year in Australia. I have to give it all; that's what it takes to beat this guy, who is-even though he is not ranked as high and he hasn't played that many tournaments-definitely one of the best players in the world a year ago. "So I have to get it in and try to win".


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